THE STRIKING THATCHED roof of Bay Tree Cottage may be enough to convince anyone looking for a change of pace to up sticks for a new life in the east.
A cosy, yet roomy, two-bed that oozes charm and character, this 119 m² cottage, just minutes from Ballagh village in Co Wexford, is on the market for €375,000 through Sherry Fitzgerald/Radford.
The charm doesn’t stop at the exterior. Walk through the cottage’s mint green stable door and you’re presented with a cute nook to relax in straight away – a spot that certainly sets the tone for the rest of the house.
Enter the lounge and the low ceiling makes this room feel cosy but not cramped thanks to the mezzanine overhead.
Currently used as a home office, access via a pulldown staircase only adds to the quirkiness of this space. The lounge also benefits from a stone fireplace that’s home to a solid fuel stove.
Pitch pine flooring leads from the lounge to the dining room to marry these downstairs spaces while the white ceiling, bannister and contrasting grey-toned walls provide a perfectly plain backdrop for the cottage’s new owner to work their own magic.
The kitchen with dining area is generous in size and has plenty of storage. The inclusion of an AGA cooker and a Belfast sink makes this typical country kitchen for the modern day cook.
A separate utility room with more storage and that’s plumbed for a washing machine makes housework that bit easier and means no lugging of laundry into the kitchen, too.
The bathroom, home to a clawfoot tub, a vanity unit with a marble top and dark painted panelling that encompasses the space all contribute to a classic look that won’t date. Modern touches include a large shower meaning little would need to be done to this space upon moving in.
While the bathroom resides downstairs, this leaves plenty of space upstairs for two large double bedrooms. Both embrace the character and shape of this cottage’s special roof. These spaces are large and well-lit while remaining cosy and relaxing.
The garden is spread over a .6 of an acre and is home to a variety of exotic, as well as native, plants. Bay Tree Cottage guarantees a slice of country life without being too secluded. The closest village, Ballagh, is just under a mile away and equidistant from Gorey and Wexford town – both of which you can drive to in under thirty minutes.
A unique find that might just make it feel like you’re on a relaxing retreat all year around.